Snook not fooled by the Tampa Bay "Weather Forecast"!
Capt. Little Jim Fesperman
January 16, 2009
Tampa Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report
Just like many of you I too was fooled by weather forecasts twice this week. The weather prediction for the Tampa Bay both print, TV, NOAA and my trusty radio was spewing doom and gloom on fishing this week. On Monday the front was to roll through… However, by late afternoon with only overcast skies and very little wind, I couldn't stand it any longer and I grabbed a rod and a few rattle traps, called my friend Dave and we headed to our local Snook hole. We only had an hour to fish before darkness so every cast had to count. On my second cast my bait stopped for a moment, then, like a speeding bullet headed right stripping 40 or 50 yards of 10 lb Power Pro from my Quantum reel. A few minutes latter a 34 inch Snook slid onto my Boga Grip. A couple of more casts and Dave had an even larger Snook pulling his string. He then landed a nice Redfish. Dave finished the evening with another small Snook and we headed home. What cold front? What 15 to 25 mile an hour wind? What nasty weather? I guess the fish must have missed the weather report today.
The front did come through yesterday (Tuesday) with a wet cold rain. But Wednesday I once again listened to the "weather guessing people" who said it was going to be a cold nasty day with 15 to 20 winds… Oh sure the day started out cool but ended in glorious sunshine and temperatures in the mid to upper 60's and almost no wind. What a chamber of commerce day it turned out to be but I was committed to long a "honey do list" at home.
I'm not happy with myself for pushing my charters to next week. Dumb and dumber I am for not doing what I have always successfully done in the past. (1) Schedule a charter, unless a hurricane is to hit us in the next 8 or 10 hours. (2) I show up at the ramp at appointed time the morning of the charter. (3) Get out of the truck; look up then walk around the truck and boat trailer once. (4) If after doing the above and I'm not soaking wet, frozen stiff, or blown off my feet I then ask the customer if they would like to go fishing today.
Moral to this report! Weather is with us everyday and it changes every day and "weather people" on the radio, newspaper, NOAA and TV are only "Weather Guessing People". They are good guessers sometimes but not always.
Take a kid fishing.
Let's go fishing!
Captain Little Jim Fesperman
Tampa Bay Fishing Forecast:
cold weather with Trout and Redfish targets for the upcoming weeks.
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